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Swimming Pool Zoning Laws and Fencing Requirements City of Hoboken, Hudson County

June 11, 2018

Updated as of June 2018

196-29Swimming pools.

[Amended 6-21-1989 by Ord. No. P-58]

An in-ground or aboveground swimming pool for private use is permitted in residential districts as an accessory use, provided that it is located in the rear yard of the same lot as the principal building, that it meets the requirements of the Board of Health and other codes and authorities having jurisdiction, that any lighting installed in connection with such a pool shall not project direct or reflected light into adjoining properties and that no outdoor sound amplifying system shall be installed in conjunction with such pool, and when more than three feet in depth or 15 feet in length, the pool shall be enclosed by a fence of at least six feet in height. In-ground openings shall be covered when the pool is empty.

Unenclosed accessory uses. Accessory uses in residential districts not enclosed in a building, including swimming pools and tennis courts, shall be erected only on the same lot as the principal building and may not be constructed in the front or side yards of such lot. Such uses must not be located closer than 10 feet from the rear lot line and shall not adversely affect the character of any residential neighborhood by reason of noise, glare or safety hazards. When more than three feet in depth or 15 feet in length, whether above-ground, or in-ground, pools shall be enclosed by a fence with a minimum height of six feet.

[Amended 6-21-1989 by Ord. No. P-58]


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